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For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

WASHINGTON — Newly confirmed Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the
Biden's early approach to virus: Underpromise, overdeliver

Biden's early approach to virus: Underpromise, overdeliver

WASHINGTON — It's a proven political strategy: Underpromise and overdeliver.
More heads roll at US-funded international broadcasters

More heads roll at US-funded international broadcasters

WASHINGTON — The heads of three federally funded international broadcasters were abruptly fired late Friday as the Biden administration completed a house-cleaning of Donald Trump-appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media.
China law empowers coast guard to use force amid disputes

China law empowers coast guard to use force amid disputes

BEIJING — China has authorized its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy structures on features it claims, potentially raising the possibility of clashes with regional maritime rivals.
Asia Today: Sri Lanka minister who drank potion is positive

Asia Today: Sri Lanka minister who drank potion is positive

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s health minister, who has faced criticism for consuming and endorsing a herbal syrup made by a sorcerer, has tested positive for COVID-19.

UN: Violence in Sudan’s Darfur killed 250, displaced 100,000

CAIRO — Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region have killed at least 250 people and displaced more than 100,000 people since erupting earlier this month, the U.N. refugee agency said.

Sheriff, report: Naked Florida man stole, crashed police car

A naked Florida man stole what news footage showed to be a marked police vehicle and crashed it in a wooded area, officials said.
Thousands of Hong Kongers locked down to contain coronavirus

Thousands of Hong Kongers locked down to contain coronavirus

HONG KONG — Thousands of Hong Kong residents were locked down in their homes Saturday in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the city.
Bus heading to Grand Canyon rolls over; 1 dead, 2 critical

Bus heading to Grand Canyon rolls over; 1 dead, 2 critical

PHOENIX — A Las Vegas-based tour bus heading to the Grand Canyon rolled over in northwestern Arizona on Friday, killing one person and critically injuring two others, authorities said.
Biden orders review of domestic violent extremism threat

Biden orders review of domestic violent extremism threat

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has directed law enforcement and intelligence officials in his administration to study the threat of domestic violent extremism in the United States, an undertaking being launched weeks after a mob of insurgents loyal